Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

UConn's March To 88 Straight -- The AP Ranking Performance

By Mel Greenberg

Since it is UConn week in the women’s basketball world in terms of going after the UCLA record of 88 straight wins set by John Wooden’s men’s teams in 1971-74, the Guru is marking Wednesday’s installment of celebrating 600 weeks of Associated Press women’s rankings by noting UConn’s lifetime performance.

But first a quick time out to say there is another notable event in Tara VanDerveer at Stanford is going after her 800th win. Coaching performances will run here Thursday.

For this exercise the Guru established a filter that runs from 1990-91 until the current week. UConn actually was ranked the final two polls in 1989-90 when the Huskies made their debut but to keep things from getting messy those were omitted though overall count is not listed here so there’s no effect.

In terms of being No. 1 here is a list of all the teams that have reached the top of what was in the front part a coaches’ vote and in 1994-95 became a media vote but the history stayed a constant.

Interesting had not the Huskies made one little slip in 2007-08 the Huskies would have another eight straight No. 1s at 57.

First here are the teams and their total No. 1 rankings. There are 372 weeks overall in the period but UConn did some sliding in and out between 1991 and were outside the elite just prior to the preseason vote of 1993-94. They have been in the rankings since.

Remember this is a filter list so previous successes prior to the start date from such teams as Old Dominion, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana Tech are precluded here.

No. 1 Rankings in the UConn Era (1990-91 till present).
1. Connecticut 150
2. Tennessee 85
3. Duke 34
4. Virginia 24
5. Louisiana Tech 14
6. Maryland 14
7. LSU 11
8. Stanford 9
9. Penn State 6
9, Vanderbilt 6
11. North Carolina 5
11. Notre Dame 5
13. Purdue 4
14. Georgia 3
15. Texas 2
Total == 372

Best Ranking Streaks at No. 1

1. Connecticut 49 – Feb. 18, 2008 till current.
2. Connecticut 30 – Nov. 9, 2000 till Jan. 15, 2001
3. Connecticut 19 – March 12, 20001 till March 11, 2002
3. Tennessee 19 – Nov. 7 1997 till Nov. 6 1998.

100 Or More Total Appearances In The UConn Era (1990-91)
Just found a quick way to do it.

The 300 Club
1. Tennessee 372 -- perfect attendance
2. Connecticut 352
3. Stanford 334
4. Georgia 305

The 200 Club
4. North Carolina 299 -- up one next week
5.Vanderbilt 294
6. Duke 293
7. Purdue 271
8. Texas Tech 249
9. Louisiana Tech 239
10. Texas 232
11. LSU 224
12. Penn State 218
13. Virginia 210
14. Notre Dame 203

The 100 Club
15. Oklahoma 184
16. Auburn 183
17. Ohio State 171
18. Rutgers 170
19. Baylor 156
20. Maryland 148
21. N.C. State 139
22. Colorado 136
23. Florida 130
24. Old Dominion 129
25. Kansas 121
26. Iowa 119
27. Iowa State 118
28. Alabama 109
29. Texas A&M 109
30. Clemson 104
30. DePaul 104

Appearances in the Top 5

A more thorough list will come soon but here is the best of the best because then a deep gap develops.

Total Top 5 Appearances in the UConn Era

1. Tennessee 312
2. Connecticut 262
3. Stanford 149
4. Duke 120
5. North Carolina 109
6. Louisiana Tech 105
7. Georgia 81
8. LSU 59
9. Maryland 57
10. Vanderbilt 45
11. Notre Dame 43
11. Penn State 43
11. Virginia 43
14. Oklahoma 42
15. Purdue 38
16. Ohio State 36
17. Old Dominion 35
18. Iowa 32
18. Texas 32
20. Baylor 30
21. Colorado 22
21. Texas Tech 22

As for Streaks In The Top 5
1. Tennessee 89 -- Nov. 7, 1997 till Feb. 5 2002
2. Tennessee 80 -- Dec. 31, 1999 till March 14 2005
3. Connecticut 70 -- Feb. 5, 2007 till Current Week
4. Connecticut 59 – Feb. 15, 1994 till Mar. 10, 1997
5. Connecticut 58 – Nov. 9, 1999 till Nov. 4, 2002
6. Duke 46 – Nov. 21, 2002 till Mar. 15, 2004
7. Tennessee 42 – Nov. 4, 2002 till Nov. 29, 2004

Total Top 10 Appearances in the UConn Era
We’re going to cut this short for the moment and bring back a deeper list later.

1. Tennessee 361
2. Connecticut 306
3. Stanford 258
4. Duke 191
5. North Carolina 189
6. Louisiana Tech 176
7. Georgia 148
8. Purdue 134
8. Texas Tech 134
10. Penn State 126
11. LSU 112
12. Vanderbilt 110
13. Baylor 101
14. Notre Dame 98
14. Virginia 98
16. Maryland 92
17. Ohio State 91
18. Rutgers 85
19. Oklahoma 78
20. Iowa 60
21. Auburn 56
22. Old Dominion 51
23. North Carolina State 50
24. Texas 46
25. Iowa State 42

Back with more after Rutgers game tonight.

-- Mel

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why start the "UConn Era" in 1990/91? They won once in the 90's and Tennessee won four times. You are giving Tennesee's Era to UConn.

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